Drain Maintenance Tips That Work

Not all pieces of advice that pertain to drain maintenance work. Here is some advice that does work.

Watch What Goes In the Drains

Not all the wastes your household produces should go down the drain. Some wastes are likely to remain trapped within the drains and cause clogging. Here are some of the things that shouldn't go down the drains:

  • Fruit peels
  • Eggshells
  • Napkins
  • Fats, oils, and grease (FOGs)
  • Hair

Get alternative ways of disposing of such wastes. For example, you should install a grease trap under the kitchen sink to separate the grease from the wastewater that goes into the drain. The bathroom should have strainers in their drain openings to trap hair. Clean your plates before putting them in the dishwasher so that FOGs and hard food remains don't go down the drains.

Flush the Drains Regularly

Despite the measures above, some of the wastes may remain trapped in the drains. Such trace wastes won't do immediate damage, but they can accumulate into dangerous levels if you let them. Flush your drainage system regularly to avoid such dangerous accumulation of wastes. Here are a few ways to flush the drains:

Hot Water

Regularly pour hot water down the drains to keep them clean. Hot water works because it breaks up solidified wastes, such as FOGs, so they can flow down the drains.

Baking Soda

Pour some baking soda down the drain and then flush the drains with water. Baking soda dissolves dirt and grease, allowing water to wash them down. Baking soda will also keep your drains smelling fresh by neutralizing acidic odors.


Pour a cup or so of vinegar down the drain and then flush the drains with water. Vinegar's acidity allows it to dissolve things like soap scum, solidified FOGs, and mineral deposits that can block drains.

You can also use a combination of all the above, baking soda, vinegar, and hot water, to flush your drains. Flush your drains even if they are not blocked, and they are unlikely to block.

Go Easy On Commercial Drain Chemicals

Drain maintenance is not just about preventing clogs; it is also about maintaining the integrity of the drains. Avoid habits that can damage your drains and trigger waste leakages. One of these habits is the use of commercial drain cleaners.

Acids are the main active ingredient in commercial drain cleaners. The acids are supposed to work by dissolving solid wastes, just as vinegar does. Unfortunately, commercial drain cleaners have higher acidity levels than vinegar does. As such, commercial drain cleaners might dissolve not only the drain wastes but also the drainpipe materials.   

For more information, reach out to a local plumber